It seems like everywhere you turn, people are talking about residual income, owning a business, or becoming an entrepreneur. This year, you must make financial independence your number one goal. On paper, becoming a business owner is black and white, either you fail or you don’t, but in the real world things aren’t so black and white.
The life of a young entrepreneur is misunderstood. When we hear the word CEO or businessperson, we automatically think: the big bucks, the big names, and the big brands. We want to be that guy, that Steve Jobs guy, that billionaire “ain’t no boss gone boss me around” guy. The road to success is not easy and most of the times it is not pretty.
Before these entrepreneurs became legends, they started out just like you and me- regular folks. . It is funny to think, Oprah Winfrey used to be Oprah and Mark Zuckerberg was once a- know- it- all college kid. I don’t know how they became successful, but what I do know is they were driven.
Despite circumstances and situations, they became successful. In order to become a successful in this business, you must have a dire need to succeed. You must believe in yourself or your product, before the market does. You got to believe that you will win, that is the hardest part.
The public doesn’t get to see “the struggle”. We appreciate the struggle in context, but we can’t grasp other people’s struggle. What was Steve Job’s mindset when Apple failed the first time? How many times did Walt Disney cry wanting to give up? How many hours did it take to make their visions reality.
As people, we see the TV screen we don’t get to see behind the scenes. I can tell you from experience, creating your own business is hard. Take for instances, if you look on Facebook, I bet you have a few friends trying to start a business. I also bet their business doesn’t generate as much views or likes as a brand name business or an influencer.
Entrepreneurship is a grind. Don’t believe me? Consider this: It takes hours of acting class and studies to master a character. It takes 1,000 jump shots a day to make a game winner in a basketball game. How many hours do you think business owners and Entrepreneurs put in? We put in 24/7. It takes thousands of hours of preparing and building. It takes a million more of planning and executing. Can you imagine perfecting a craft for years to have someone crap on it. Have you ever seen Shark Tank? Watch an episode for me and count how many dreams are crushed weekly.
If you want to create a business from the grown up, it require more than w-o-r-k. You must make a product, build a rand, link connections etc. This life isn’t for everyone! It is tough; I’m at the beginning stages of my business. I tell my self everyday, “my product is worth it.” When others don’t think so, I want to quit. I get so frustrated sporadic depression hits me hard. It is literally exhausting. When things fall a part, I think everyone is right: I can’t make it. But I don’t quit. I have lived on this earth long enough to know I need faith; I must see myself successful before it happens.
From the start, I thought my family members and friends would support me, but they didn’t not right away. My family wanted to get a job. We are conditioned to work 9-5 from an early age. If you aren’t working a job like that people think you are crazy. When you see a friend blindly supporting a celebrity that they don’t’ know but they won’t support you, you will understand how most of us feel. I wish people understood we are trying as hard as we can. We are not lazy. We are creative people that deserve a chance. You can make an honest living by doing what you love. This is us, this is the entrepreneur.
“I Tell My Self Everyday, “My Product is Worth it.”